NORTH AMERICA

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Although there’s no evidence that certain extracts falsely labeled as organic were sold in the U.S., the Department of Agriculture is nonetheless warning organic distributors and processors to be aware of a fraudulent organic certificate being circulated by an uncertified operation in China. The certificate falsely represents hibiscus, jasmine and beet root extract powders as [...]

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Post image for Listen to the bees; they’re trying to warn us

“Going to build a hive and keep bees,” my daughter said nonchalantly. It was the spring of 2005, and she was a senior in high school. Beekeeping, and writing a paper about it, would be her senior project. The postmaster called a few days later to say that 38,000 bees — ordered online from Navasota, [...]

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Post image for Money woes threaten Dominican Republic’s rice harvest, grower warns

Santo Domingo.- National Rice Producers Federation president Iván Tio affirmed Monday that next winter’s rice harvest could be lost from that sector’s lack of economic resources, and threaten the country’s many years of self-sufficiency in rice. He said the high inventory, increased production costs, fewer sales to retailers and delays in payments maintains the sector [...]

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Post image for N.D. flooding means higher price for pasta

PLAZA, N.D. – Consumers are paying more for pasta after heavy rain and flooding prevented planting on more than 1 million acres in one of the nation’s best durum wheat-growing areas. North Dakota typically grows nearly three-fourths the nation’s durum. This year’s crop is expected to be only about 24.6 million bushels, or about two-fifths [...]

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Post image for On Gardening: Muscadines — A sweet fruit for late summer

This week I began harvesting and eating muscadine grapes from my home orchard. The vines are loaded and may produce my best and biggest crop ever. My bumper crop is likely due to having mature plants, receiving plenty of rainfall (at least early in the season) and installing a brand new varmint fence. If I [...]

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Post image for Community Industries Corp. plans organic farm

Employment Services Division Manager Alex Reichl said Community Industries Corp. has decided to step outside of its business plan. The nonprofit typically serves people with disabilities, helping them find employment, transportation, participate in activities such as shopping and exercising, and providing their families with temporary relief from care giving. The organization will add running an [...]

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Post image for APNewsBreak: Monsanto seeks OK for low-fat soybean

DES MOINES, Iowa — The soybean industry is seeking government approval of a genetically modified soybean it says will produce oil lower in saturated fat, offer consumers a healthier alternative to foods containing trans fats and increase demand for growers’ crops. Demand for soybean oil has dropped sharply since 2005, when the U.S. Food and [...]

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Post image for Growers weigh damage to toppled crops

AUBURN — Irene’s wind and rain took its toll on Maine’s corn and apple crops, tipping over stalks of corn and young apple trees and leaving the ground littered with rain-sodden food. “We can’t give you a percentage right now, but of course (damage) is higher than we’d like it to be,” said Peter Ricker, [...]

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Post image for Grocery Stores Growing Food on Their Roofs?

BrightFarms LLC wants you to forget a 100-mile radius as the definition of what constitutes locally sourced food. A Manhattan firm that specializes in hydroponic greenhouses, the company is suggesting that in the not-so-distant future your kale could come from as close as the greenhouse on top of your local supermarket. While New York already [...]

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Post image for Can you spare a bale?

SALEM, Ohio —Temperatures have soared into triple digits in the South most of the summer, leaving the agriculture industry there with huge losses. In fact, Texas alone, in the midst of the most severe one-year drought on record, has more than $5.2 billion in losses in cattle, grains and cotton. Many fear the figure will [...]

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Post image for Fridge Out of Power? How to Handle Your Food Safely

As of this writing, some 5.5 million people in the eastern U.S. are still without power in the wake of Hurricane Irene. The storm was most devastating not on the shoreline, but inland, particularly in Vermont and upstate New York where flood waters swept away entire houses and left unknown numbers of residents displaced. Overall, [...]

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Post image for Tobacco, poultry among NC farm losses from Irene

WASHINGTON, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina farmers felt the financial weight of Hurricane Irene’s winds and heavy rains Sunday as inspections following the storm revealed damage to field crops, poultry and other agricultural businesses. State political and agricultural leaders touring eastern North Carolina the day after Irene left the state said they saw tobacco stalks knocked [...]

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Post image for No relief in sight for deadly Texas drought conditions

HOUSTON (FinalCall.com) - Lack of rainfall and baking temperatures has Texas in the midst of its hottest consecutive ten months in the last century according to a recent report by the U.S. Drought Monitor. “Texas will continue to be “high and dry,” with little drought relief in sight over the next week. Texas continues to suffer [...]

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Post image for Rice May Rally 22% on Thai Buying

Rice may rally 22 percent by yearend as Thailand, the world’s largest exporter, buys the grain from farmers at above-market rates, pushing up costs for importers and fanning global inflation even as economic growth slows. The price of 100 percent grade-B Thai rice, the regional benchmark, may rally to $750 per metric ton by Dec. [...]

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Post image for Scientists respond to overuse of agricultural chemicals by genetically engineering crops to produce their own fertilizer

(NaturalNews) A couple of researchers from the University of Alberta (U-A) in Canada say they have come up with a novel new way to eventually end the practice of having to apply environmentally-harmful fertilizer chemicals to commercial crops. Unfortunately, though, the plan has nothing to do with eliminating genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), or phasing out industrial [...]

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Post image for GSL Mineral seeks expansion

An Ogden-based company, Great Salt Lake Minerals Corporation, is seeking to expand its operation and their plans will have a direct effect on Box Elder County. Dave Hyams, GSL spokeman, visited with county commissioners Wednesday, to “update the county” on the company and its hopes for the future. Approximately 25,000 acres of GSL’s evaporation ponds [...]

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